Even though I loved our vacation, it's really great to be home. It is nice to sleep in my own bed after awhile. My kids still need to catch up on some sleep! One of things I tried to do on vacation is read, and I was able to work through a great book. I have read parts of this book twice because I'm trying to grasp the ideas and implement what I should. 9 Things You Simply Must Do has been a great help to me. One of the chapters is "Be Humble", and it fits so well with Psalm 8.
Psalm 8 says, "From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise....When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor." When we think about God, we are quickly overwhelmed with how very small we are. We are so insignificant compared to God. A real picture of God helps us see who we are. It helps us with humility.
Why does humility matter? Humility helps us be who God wants us to be. Humility allows us to make better choices, and we see life differently. The author, Dr. Henry Cloud, gives some things to do in daily life. Here's some ideas from the book.
"Say your sorry to your children, spouse, coworkers, customers, and other people in your life when you fail them."
"Seek to understand situations and people before thinking you know the answer or the truth or what the reality actually is."
"Get rid of any and all defensiveness when it occurs in you. What you are defending-the need to be more than you are-is not worth keeping."
"Use failure as a teacher and a friend."